What to Expect

Where are we located? Where do you park? What should you wear?These are great questions, and we hope to answer them all…
Q: Where are we located?

We are on the southeast corner of Soundside Dr and U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. We are approximately 10 miles east of Gulf Breeze proper, and 10 miles west of Navarre.

Q: Where should I park and where do I enter?

Our parking lot surrounds the building, with overflow parking in the field just to the south. There are wheelchair accessible parking spots on the North, West and South sides of the building and a covered walkway around the building.

The main entrance is on the West side of the building, and the Fellowship Hall doors are on the South side. You can enter or exit in either location.

If the main lot is full, please park on the South Lawn.

Q: What should I wear?

Some people wear jeans or shorts. Some people wear suits. Some wear business casual attire. Please wear what makes you comfortable for worship. (Hawaiian Shirts are always welcome!)

Q: What are your services like?

We are a traditional, liturgical church and use a combination of traditional and contemporary elements.

Our services include hymns from the Lutheran Service Book, as well as from contemporary and other Christian traditions.

We follow the Divine Service found in the Lutheran Service Book, which includes a time to confess our sins to God, and to experience God’s mercy through His absolution. We confess a corporate statement of belief in the Apostle’s and Nicene Creed. And we pray the Lord’s Prayer as taught to us in Matthew 6.

Most importantly, the Divine Service is a time to hear God’s Word from the Holy Scriptures, to receive His grace through the Lord’s Supper (communion), and to experience Christian fellowship as members of Christ’s one body, the Church.

Q: Do you have communion?

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (communion) every week in our worship services.

Q: Can I participate in communion?

We believe, teach and confess that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became flesh and blood to fulfil the Law in our stead and to redeem us from sin and death. He has atoned for our sin, reconciling us to God. In the Sacrament of the Altar (Communion) He gives us His actual body and blood in, with and under the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him, and with one another.  “Given and shed for you and for the forgiveness of sins.”

We believe, teach and confess that all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, and that God is therefore the true Author of every word of Scripture. We believe, teach and confess that since the same God speaks throughout Holy Scripture, there is an organic unity both within and between the Old and New Testaments. We reject the view that Holy Scripture, both within and between its various books and authors, presents us with conflicting or contradictory teachings and theologies. We believe, teach and confess that God’s Word is true today, just as when it was first given.

Our Lord invites to His table those who believe in Him, who trust His word, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us.

We welcome to the rail those who share our confession of Faith, and who share our confession regarding the nature, power, and benefit of Holy Communion and the Holy Scriptures.

Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm (1 Cor 11:27-29), and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed by all who partake at this altar, we would ask that those who do not share our confession of Holy Communion and Holy Scripture come forward, kneel, and fold your arms in a cross over your chest and receive the Lord’s blessing. Of course, you are welcome to remain seated if you so desire.

Our area is a diverse and changing community, we recognize that not all visitors will partake of communion. This is ok! We welcome and encourage all who share faith in Jesus Christ, and those seeking the Lord. You are not alone here as we have many guests and visitors from different denominations and faiths worshiping with us each Sunday.

God’s blessings, and welcome to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Q: What about my kids?

Some people ask: “should I bring my little ones into church?” And the answer is a resounding “absolutely!” We are a family of God’s children, and as such we want each family to participate in worship together, just as families of all ages worshiped together throughout the Bible.

What about the noise? Kids make noise, and it is joyful to God’s ears. If, however, the noise is no longer joyful for your ears, there is a cry room just off the fellowship hall.

Please know, we welcome your whole family and strongly encourage you to worship together.